We didn’t stay around the Miami area because a cold front blew thru during the night providing us with a strong north wind and a ‘free ride’ south to the Keys. The wind was blowing a steady 15 to 20 kts and as we left Miami behind us the flag was standing out on the topping lift.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
OK, the hull is nice and tight but the seals on the opening ports (which are now over 10 years old) are starting to give out. We found a leak during a big rain when water was dripping into the kitchen. Then, the stateroom port leaked during some exciting sailing when waves were hitting the port. Normally, what I’d do is go to any marine chandler and order 25 feet of new seal (like I did 10+ years ago) but,,, surprise,,, they don’t carry it anymore. It’s taken me months of searching on the web to finally find a company that makes the proper sized seal. (It just so happens that the company is in Michigan!). So, when we get to Marathon I’ll order some more seals and properly repair the windows. In the mean time, though, the windows are still leaking so, I’ve taken the old seals out of the ports and reversed them and reinstalled them. It’s a short term fix but now, the ports don’t leak and the “Admiral” is happy again. Maintenance on a boat never really ends.
Monday, December 24, 2012
|it's a cold day, Edie has a sweater on!|
|special tool to remove the cranks|
|both sides off|
|look close and you can see the remains of the crank bearings!|
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Snow Goose has a centerboard because she is shallow draft and needs the extra keel when going up wind. It lives in a centerboard trunk within the bottom of the boat. Part of this trunk had a weeping leak; a small rust streak with a tiny drip.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Note: This is a big file, (even though it is only 25 sec long), I don’t know how to make a movie that is not so data intense yet.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
At the consignment store I found LED lights that were a great price.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Today’s walk took me to a very interesting island that is dedicated to veterans. It was created from the spoils dredged the bottom of the ICW. At the time, several veterans suggested that an artificial island should be created as a place to honor the veterans of our country. Veterans Island is a subdued tribute to the men and their services that have given of their time and their lives to our country. I thought that I’d bring you some pictures of the monuments that honor the different branches of the services and of the different wars that our country has fought in. It is a great place to take a walk on a warm Fl morning and reflect upon those whom we have depended so much. I realize that the pictures don’t show the monuments very well but the overall effect of the island and its simple monuments contributed to its impact as a memorial.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
During the day though, the mangroves are beautiful so I went for a ride thru them yesterday. I saw dolphin, pelicans, blue herons, ibis, ducks, sea gulls, and snakes.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sailing down the Indian River you pass many excellent places to anchor and you see lots of boats either in the anchorages or traveling along the way. We left Titusville and headed south to Cocoa Beach for the night before heading further south to Vero for our next night. Cocoa Beach is a good stopping point for cruisers who like to anchor. It has the biggest hardware store on the east coast of Florida, a nice ‘touristy’ town to walk around and a direct bus route to the larger stores for shoping. It also has a good dinghy dock for cruisers who like to anchor out (unlike Vero Beach which is definitely not friendly to people who anchor out). The Cocoa Beach anchorage had some unusual boats too, like this home built, steel hulled, gaff rigged schooner that has no engine!